and a certain woman doth cast a piece of a rider on the head of Abimelech, and breaketh his skull,
Judges 9:53 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A piece of a millstone - פלח רכב pelach recheb, a piece of a chariot wheel; but the word is used in other places for upper millstones, and is so understood here by the Vulgate, Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic.
And all to break his skull - A most nonsensical version of ותרץ את גלגלתו vattarits eth gulgolto, which is literally, And she brake, or fractured, his skull. Plutarch, in his life of Pyrrhus, observes that this king was killed at the siege of Thebes, by a piece of a tile, which a woman threw upon his head.
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Judges 9:53 Parallel CommentariesAbimelech Abimelech's Abim'elech's Bone Brake Breaketh Broke Cast Cracked Cracking Crushed Crushing Dropped Head Millstone Piece Rider Skull Stone Threw Upper UsedAbimelech Abimelech's Abim'elech's Bone Brake Breaketh Broke Cast Cracked Cracking Crushed Crushing Dropped Head Millstone Piece Rider Skull Stone Threw Upper UsedTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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